A True Mopar Survivor: 1968 Dodge Charger Barn Find

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When it comes to naming quintessential muscle car’s of the 1960’s and 1970’s, the Dodge Charger is without question one such icon. Starting out as a show car in 1964, it became a concept the following year, which was the basis for the first mass produced Charger available to the public in 1966. The Charger became Dodge’s “pony car” of the era, hitting its’ peak with the 1968-1970 second generation model’s. To quote Edmund’s explanation of the second generation Chargers: “this is the best-looking car the Chrysler Corporation ever produced…this coke-bottle shaped Charger wasn’t just beautiful – it was perfect.” Located in Gulf Breeze, Florida, this car has a current bid of $23,100, and you can see more here on eBay.com.

Production on the 1968 Charger increased from a measly 15,788 for the 1967, to a whopping 96,100 for the 1968. This model Charger always had a special place in my heart. There’s just something about the re-design that took place going from a fast back to a semi-fast back, adding an additional almost 5 inches in length, and giving such a sinister stare with its’ hideaway lights. The stance on these cars is intimidating. It’s big and bold. This one for sale has a lot of desirable attributes including, but not limited to: numbers matching, original 318 V8, solid body with newer paint, original interior, one family owned, and a clean title. There is so much potential here, but with the good, comes some bad.

When cycling through the additional pictures in the listing, it becomes clear that this truly is an original, but in need of a good deal of restoration. Like I said, there is so much potential, but only for those ready to spend some money, roll up their sleeves, and get dirty. Oddly there is not a single mention regarding if the car even runs or not. They make a point to exclaim how solid the car is, and that’s great. It would be helpful, though, to know a tad more about its’ driving status, so get that out of the way first when inquiring. A good deal of rust can be seen in some areas, but nothing that some elbow grease can’t take care of. With the exception of one small hole in a floor pan, it does look like it has a good set of bones. Front and rear bumper work is needed, and there is a mention of tail light attention, tail light included.

Inside the pit, it’s hard to decipher due to the pictures what is actually going on aside from the normal wear and tear you would find with any barn find stored away for 30+ years. The pictures don’t quite give the best illustration of what you will be working with. On the good side, it appears and is stated to be all original. On the bad side, there is always carpeting and upholstery work to be done with these cars, which is expected. To be honest, I would ask for additional interior pictures if available. Finishing off with some performance stats, this car comes with the original base model 2bbl 318, boasting 340lb-ft of torque. These weren’t anywhere near the fastest cars for the time, but at just 3,400lbs, it still had some giddy-up, and was plenty fun to drive. Though you will not be show ready anytime soon, any Chargers in any condition turn heads when they tour down the street. This seems like a very sound project to restore and construct memories with.

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  1. Melton Mooney

    I’d like to propose a toast to every second gen Charger hoarder I ever met.

    Like 5
  2. RKS

    Nick we definitely have different definitions of the word survivor lol. Also, the seller doesn’t have to mention if this car runs or not one look at the engine with the cap off and no carb should tell you that.

    Like 10
    • Chris

      Bingo on all points.
      Funny how the definition of “survivor” has drifted so dramatically over the years. To most people anymore, it seems like if it still exists, it’s a “survivor”! lol

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  3. Camaro Joe

    Nick, as RKS pointed out . . . it won’t run without a carburetor and the distributor cap looks like it’s been off for a while. The real question is “Does it turn over by hand?” Likely whoever lays out $20K plus and then needs to restore it will give it a big block anyway. The transmission behind a 318 is likely a 904, so it will likely need a 727 transmission because small block and big block Mopar transmissions have a different bolt pattern on the back of the engine block.

    One area of concern is that it has decent looking new paint. New paint can cover up a LOT of problems, and this one is located in Gulf Breeze FL which is on a peninsula south of Pensacola between two bodies of salt water. Mopars don’t usually do well in that type of climate unless they’re in a climate controlled garage. This one was probably in a Quonset hut for 25+ years, likely not climate controlled. Look this one over good before you spend the money it’s going to take to buy it. But as Chargers go, it does look pretty promising.

    Like 4
  4. Engineerscott

    Bare bones model. Funny how the description said IF you have the money.
    That’s pretty good option to have especially in todays rates.
    No ac,no pb,psteering,two speed wipers.
    Would have to inspect the unibody on that car back by the humps and back bumper section.
    The paint job is throwing a sign,like just sprayed on to hide what.Why paint the rear and not the hood,rust right side front.
    This could be a “PUTTY PIG”.
    Could be wrong ,but if it is a “Puttypig” 15 grand in body parts.

    Like 1
    • dan joyce

      Not being the slightest experienced in body repair, I am assuming a “putty pig” is a vehicle that has more product than actual metal?

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  5. Emel

    Like the car….hate the color. Eeee gads.
    Interior color is even UGlier

    Looks like an Earl Scheib special.

    Like 1
  6. Sarge

    I can’t understand a 23K bid for a non op 318 and a stripped out body of questionable integrity. Shill bid?

    Like 0

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